"Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine"

Works by two artists, separated widely by time and culture, but linked by devotion to the depiction of Indian deities, come together in “Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine.” The first is a series of vibrant photographs by Brooklyn-based Indian contemporary artist Manjari Sharma. Sharma collaborated with a sizable team of Mumbai artisans, sculptors, and painters to create lavish sets, ornate costumes, and models styled to render each of nine elaborately-staged archetypal representations of interaction between worshippers and deities. The second is an exhibition of modern chromolithographs produced by the Raja Ravi Varma Press. Varma (1848–1906) was an Indian artist whose primary medium was oil, but he founded several presses to make his images widely available, and achieved recognition for his depiction of scenes from the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. Bonna Kol, executive director of the Center, said: “This is a unique opportunity to promote understanding between cultures.”

“Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine” is on view 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Through September 14. Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore. For information, call 713-496-9910 or visit asiasociety.org/texas. Free to $5.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: May 9. Continues through Sept. 14, 2014

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